2016 WCTF Conference Keynote ONLY: Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, former President of Brown University

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March 4, 2016 - 8:30am - 10:00am
Modern Languages Building Auditorium, 812 Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
This keynote lecture is part of the 2016 Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) Conference. We welcome you to attend the lecture, but encourage you to consider registering for the full day-long WCTF Conference. To register for the entire 2016 WCTF Conference, please click here return to the conference event page. Thank you! 

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, "The Dilemma of Inclusivity: How Can We Make It Work?"

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, former President of Brown University from 2001-2012, made significant strides in improving Brown University's standing as one of the world’s finest research universities.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons held an appointment as a Professor of Africana Studies at Brown. After completing her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college. 

Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University. Simmons is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of Texas Instruments, Chrysler, Mondelez and Square, as well as a number of non-profit boards. Awarded numerous honorary degrees, she received the Brown Faculty’s highest honor: the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal in 2011. In 2012, she was named a ‘chevalier’ of the French Legion of Honor. 

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The keynote lecture is free and open to the public.


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